MLB Game Viewership Lower On ESPN Padres Honor Retiring Broadcaster Enberg Ortiz Heading Up Production Company In Retirement Too Many MLB Postseason Broadcasters? Mike Francesa Announces Final Show With WFAN Louisville Football Success Bolsters TV Profile Tour Championship Final Round Best Since '12 ESPN Moving Greenberg From "Mike & Mike"? Reasons Sought For Why NFL Ratings Are Down Boston Sports Radio Strong In Q3
Published August 7, 1996
Randall Cunningham is a "top candidate" to be a studio analyst on TNT's football broadcasts this year, according to TNT spokesperson Greg Hughes (PHILA. DAILY NEWS, 8/7)....AOL has acquired multiplayer on-line game service, InagiNation Network, from AT&T (WALL STREET JOURNAL, 8/7)....Lee Winfrey of the PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER reviews the new HBO comedy series, "Arli$$": "If sitcoms were judged like gymnastics, ["Larry Sanders"] star Gary Shandling would grab the gold medal with a perfect score of 10 and ["Arli$$" star Robert] Wuhl would be a cinch for the silver at 9.9" (PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, 8/7). Michael Hiestand notes the characters may "seem creative to the casual viewers, but stereotypical to sports devotees" (USA TODAY, 8/7)....According to people close to the talks, Time Warner and Seagram's are "exploring ways" for Seagram to shed its 14.9% stake in Time Warner (WALL STREET JOURNAL, 8/7)....Sports Illustrated Presents' "College Football '96" hit newsstands Monday. The magazine will only be sold at retail outlets and has 15 regional covers (SI)....With two months to go before the debut of WBIS+ in New York, joint owners Dow Jones and ITT appear "at odds" over the channel's make-up. According to one exec, "The basic problem there is that I don't believe there is a clear picture of what they are talking about except this extremely vague idea that they are going to be a news and sports channel" (BROADCASTING & CABLE, 8/5 issue).